Today’s Book of the Day is a highly rated Crime Thriller by Simon Swift. Black Shadows has an impressive 4.2 star rating and is only $3.99!
“Mr. Swift’s excellent characterization along with the flawless blend of fiction and historical fact make this a truly unmissable read. If you haven’t read it, do so; if you have, read it again. “ Elinor C. – Amazon Reviewer
by Simon Swift
Rating: 4.2 Stars
Category: Crime Thriller
When rookie private detective, Errol Black, gets mixed up in the killing of gangster Dutch Schultz, he vows to clean up his act. But when former partner Dyke Spanner is shot to death, Black is drawn into a violent and bloody quest for a mythical, priceless diamond.
New Jersey 1935: When private detective, Errol Black and his fellow agents, are protecting an Irish mobster they become embroiled in the killing of Dutch Schultz. A gunfight leaves bloody chaos.
Ten years later, Black’s past is about to catch up with him. A young woman hires Black for a seemingly routine surveillance job, former partner Dyke Spanner is shot dead and Black is drawn deeper into a violent and bloody quest.
The search for the priceless blue Tavernier Diamond throws Black into the line of fire of New York’s ruthless Tongs. To even hope to solve the mystery, Black must journey into his past where both the secret to Dyke’s murder and the clues to the hidden diamond lay.
Black Shadows is a crime thriller blending fact and fiction. In the finest hardboiled tradition, it is filled with gangsters, beautiful dames, colourful villains and red herrings.
Here’s what the reviewers have to say:
Move over Raymond Chandler, there’s a new kid in town, and he’s good…damned good. I dare you not to smile at the verbal exchanges. The pacing is as perfect as it gets, author Simon Swift doesn’t rush you through, he uses his unique style to edge you into that marvelous state of “I must know more!” I am putting this on my list of best books for 2011. Do yourselves a favor…read it.
An excellent book, one bearing all the hallmarks of classic Noir, yet with a personality all of its own. Black Shadows is a superb story by a very promising author.
I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The way Mr Swift paints each scene so evocatively puts the reader in each setting. From the smoke filled dives to the upper class establishments of New York and beyond, all richly described portraying in detail the life of the times. As far as recommendations go, if you’re after a thrilling ride, filled with endless twists and colorful characters all set against a vivid backdrop, you can’t go passed Black Shadows.
With Black Shadows, Simon Swift has crafted a cracking homage to old school detective pulp fiction, a twisty-turny plot and some smashing lines.
I started to read this book with some trepidation; comparisons to Hammett and Chandler…Ellroy reinvented…could this new guy be THAT good? I mean, those are amongst the very best that there have ever been in the crime genre, and I know my crime novels. I’m pleased to be able to say that having finished the book I can now understand where those comparisons come from, and reiterate that the author very much deserves them.
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About The Author
Simon Swift has been writing for as long as he can remember…
A voracious reader from an early age, he fell in love with the adventures of hardboiled detectives Sam Spade and Mike Hammer. A Humphrey Bogart season of black and white movies introduced him to film noir.
After reading Politics and Philosophy at The University of York, he embarked on a 12 month odyssey of adventure, traveling the world. Alongside his odd pair of clean clothes and his stack of paperbacks, his most treasured possession was the notebook, which contained the chrysalis of his own hardboiled novel.
Many years later, the result was Black Shadows, a crime novel which blends fact and fiction. It attained a gold star on Harper Collins’ Authonomy in January 2010, on the way to becoming the all time top ranked crime novel. Soon after, it was picked up by Wild Wolf Publishing and released as a paper book and an e-book in April 2011.
He is currently putting the finishing touches to the sequel, The Casablanca Case. In the meantime, Simon Swift passes the time trying to improve the lives of young children as an Assistant Headteacher at a primary school, playing football with his two young children and being a dedicated husband to his lovely wife.
As well as his family, his amazing job and writing, Simon loves most sport and giraffes.
Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Simon Swift and ENT appreciate it.